School Closure: Updates
Parents and Carers should read these two documents:
- Our approach to home learning and protocols for communication between school and home. Updated for 1st June 2020.
All information relating to returning to school in September is on the September Opening page of the school website. We will update this in the coming weeks to help parents and students prepared for the new school year.
Ideas for the Summer.
Students will benefit from taking part in safe activities/opportunities over the summer break. There are many fanastic opportunities in the local community for them to do so. Mrs Frost-Briggs has compiled a presentation packed with ideas for the summer. Parents are urged to look through this presentation with their children and to explore if there are any activities that they would like to take part in.
School Statement on the Summer Holiday
"The past few months have presented significant challenges to everyone. Students have worked hard to remain on track remotely and without the same access to support from staff as they would normally have in school. Parents have had to juggle working lives and family commitments with supporting home education. Staff have had to completely rethink how they educate and support students, whilst at the same time balancing their own family commitments.
Everyone needs a rest from schoolwork this summer. We are confident that students will be able to return to school successfully in September and that we will quickly be able to re-establish the rigours and routines of learning and being in school across all year groups. Subject teams across the school are already planning for the steps that they will need to take to ensure that we get students quickly back on track to achieve or even surpass their target grades. I have absolute confidence that if we all work together, we can quickly return all students to school safely, happily and successfully.
However, a key ingredient of doing this successfully is making sure that all of us (staff, students and parents) are refreshed and ready for the challenges that lie ahead. Students should continue working until the last day of term and then use the summer to take a break to prepare for next year. We will not expect staff to set or assess work over the summer break and we will not expect students to complete any schoolwork over the summer break. ”
There are some Year 10 and Year 12 students who were slow to get going with remote education and who need to complete some work over the summer to catch up. Year 11 students planning on joining the Sixth Form are also still expected to complete the Summer Tasks they were set on the virtual options day.
All the information you need about results' days is available on this dedicated page of our website.
Year 7, 8 and 9 Virtual Emotional Health and Well-Being Day - Tuesday 14th July
We will be running a day off timetable for KS3 students to be able to access a Virtual Emotional Health and Wellbeing Tutor Day. All information is on this dedicated page of the school website.
KS3 students will not be expected to complete subject work on that Tuesday. We have reallocated subjects who set work for Year 7-9 on Tuesdays to a different day for that day only, so no one is at a disadvantage. This is outlined in the adjusted timetable which will apply for week beginning 13th July only.
Parents of Year 10 and Year 12 students should be aware that Ofqual have launched a consultation on exams and assessments for 2021. This link will take you to full details of the consultation and information on how students, parents and carers can contribute to it.
Sixth Form Virtual Induction Days
Year 11 students who are hoping to attend the Sixth Form in September should have been able to access the Virtual Induction Days on the 6th and 7th July. If you were not able to then you can still access all of the activities here.
School closes to all students on Friday 24th July at 3:05 pm. This means that there will be no provision for Key Worker/Vulnerable students over the summer holiday. Face-to-face support for Year 10 and Year 12 will also finish on this date. The last day will be a full day of school for all students, we will not close early.
How do I contact school if I have any queries or concerns?
You can continue to email or you can phone the school reception on 0115 9387000
between the hours of 8:30 am and 3:30 pm.
Please be aware that, in line with government expectations, we have now extended the opening of the school to include Year 10 and Year 12 students. As part of our safety measures for staff and students, we must insist that there are no visitors to the school. Parents must not report to reception and any contact with staff should be via email or over the phone.
As part of the safety measures we have put in place, the only staff who are in school are those who need to be. In this context, the most useful route for communication will be via email. If you are not sure who to contact then please email the school office and your email will be forwarded to someone who can deal with your query.
Thank you for your support. We do hope that you understand why, at this stage, no visitors are allowed into school.
What work will be set for students when the school is closed?
Work will be set on the Show My Homework platform. Our approach to home learning from the 1st June set out in these protocols. Teachers will follow this timetable when setting work for students in Years 7,8,9 and 10. Year 11 students who are joining the Sixth Form in September can undertake some preparation work to help prepare them to step up to the sixth form.
Provision for face to face support for Year 10 and 12 students to support their remote education.
All the information related to this provision is available on the Extended Opening section of our website
Application for the school to care for your child during the school closure.
Do not send children to school without contacting us beforehand
The government have asked schools to provide care for children whose parents work is critical to the COVID-19. The list of critical workers (key workers) who can send their children to school or other educational settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is here. If you think you meet the category of a key worker and you want your child to be supervised at school whilst they complete their online work then please contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. A member of staff will then contact you and discuss your request. If your child is given a place on the provision then each week you will be sent a form asking for details of when you need them to attend the following week. If you do not complete this form then your child will not be able to attend.
Please be aware that this provision is to care for your child. If they do attend school then they will be supervised in school in line with social distancing measures whilst they complete their work set online by their teachers. The children in this care will not be taught by specialist teachers. Unfortunately we are not able to provide lunch and so students should bring a packed lunch with them.
What do I do if I am worried about the safety of any child who attends the school?
The information you need is available on the safeguarding page of the website and still applies. During the school closure the email address email@example.com is monitored during normal working hours. You can also use our anonymous SHARP system for reporting any concers as we will continue to monitor this.
The NSPCC has also expanded their Helpline where adults can raise concerns and seek advice or support about the safety and wellbeing of any children they are worried about. Adults can contact the helpline by phone or online to get advice or share their concerns about a child, anonymously if they wish.
Grades for Years 11,12 and 13
On the 17th April, Mr Park wrote to all students and parents in Years 11, 12 and 13 setting out all the relevant information on how grades will be awarded this summer.
How can I keep my child safe online?
We are conscious that children are spending more time on-line and so we would ask all parents to refer to this newsletter on steps that you can take to keep your children safe online.
Parents can also access free anti-virus software for 90 days to cover the pandemic whilst so many people, adults and children are working from home. This offer has been made generously by a parent who works for the local software company. There is no credit card details needed and no commitment to buy.
Are there any other resources that we can use at home?
By following the work on Show My Homework you can be assured that your child is continuing to follow the school's curriculum. However, we do understand that there may well be times when it would be useful for you to access other educational resources. In this instance we would recommend these resources to you. Whilst some subject areas may start to use these across the school there is nothing to prevent parents and student accessing them individually.
BBC Bitesize are publishing three new lessons every day
BBC Teach has a huge amount of resources for secondary age pupils across a wide variety of subjects
BBC Bitesize Daily on iplayer is broadcasting daily educational programmes relevant for different age groups
STEM activities. Here you can access some fantastic free home-learning resources designed to engage 5-16 year olds in developing their own solutions to real life problems.
I need help with Show My Homework
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your child experiences problems using Show My Homework. However, you might find these guides useful
Where can I access help and advice on supporting my child's education at home?
StarLine – a new home learning telephone helpline - is now live to support parents and carers nationwide and is supported by the Department for Education. StarLine will help parents and carers in the following ways:
By providing access to a team of qualified teachers, education and parenting experts.
By focussing on providing practical ideas, support and reassurance.
By offering tips, techniques and resources to enable parents to give their children the support they need to continue learning while schools are closed.
By supporting family wellbeing and mental health.
By covering all phases of education and subjects plus behaviour, pupil wellbeing and SEND.
StarLine is available to parents and carers of pupils from all schools nationwide. Free, confidential advice is available six days a week by phoning the StarLine team on 0330 313 9162. For more information, visit www.starline.org.uk or follow @StarLineSupport on Twitter.
The team behind StarLine will also be broadcasting a weekly programme on YouTube. In each episode of StarLive, a guest presenter will share practical ideas for home learning. Further details can be found on the StarLine website.
All schools were instructed to close with effect from the 23rd March. The following documents provide a useful summary of the information parents need.
Keeping in touch
We have also set up a new twitter account for the school during the closure: @closedkimberley
Students eligible for Free School Meals
Where a child is eligbile for Free School Meals we have written directly to parents setting out how we can continue to support you during the school closure. Please contact us via email@example.com if you have any questions
What is happening to support from external agencies?
For students needing School Nurse referrals:
They are able to offer a telephone slot contact appointment. If a young person wishes to contact a School Nurse then there is a texting service which is confidential (from 9:00am to 16:30) – 075073229952 and a nurse will answer the request
There is also a confidential texting service for Parents: 07520619919 (from 9:00am to 16.30)
Parents can self-refer to CAMHs if they have an emergency situation with a child which they are worried about: 0115 844 0560 - or go to A & E.
You can contact different support agencies directly using our Signposting Directory